Bitty Love Zipper Pulls

My children are quite happy that this latest project didn’t get picked for a recent publication call. Now they get to keep what I made!

I was thinking of “back to school” when I made these little zipper pulls from shrink plastic. Have you ever used shrink plastic? It’s pretty fun and addictive, once you get started!

The pulls are two part, the top is stamped with the Bitty Love stamps from Paper and Such and die cut before shrinking. I also made sure to punch my holes before shrinking, one at the top and the bottom of the circular elements.

I lightly sanded the shrink plastic before stamping, and then stamped with Staz On ink, finishing off by adding colour with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. Don’t use Copics, since they will lift off the Staz On ink. If you only have Copics, you can add colour by colouring on the reverse side of the stamped image – though I think the effect is more colourful if you can use a water-based marker and colour directly on the stamped side.

The alphas are from {ippity} by Unity Stamp Co. and they were super fun to colour! I used Spica glitter pens to add colour as well as the Pitt pens and they get super glittery when shrunk down. Again, don’t forget to punch that hole, before shrinking.

You can use your oven to shrink the plastic, but I find the fastest way is by using my heat gun. It will curl and act freaky, but most of the time will flatten back out without mishap. A few times I had to redo because the curled plastic wanted to stick together.

I decorated a little tin to keep the zipper pulls in using October Afternoon’s Five and Dime paper and embellishments. I’m imagining making a whole punch for the kids to give to friends. Of course, my kids are homeschooled, but they still use backpacks, or maybe they’ll attach them to their coats! I used jewellery findings to put the whole thing together and love the way it all turned out!


Bitty Love Zipper Pulls — 4 Comments

  1. This is a super cute idea for little gifts, Ang! Or birthday party favours.

    I actually need new pulls for my town boots, but these might not be quite what *I’m* looking for :)

  2. I LOVE these! My kids would too..especially my daughter..she would need some bling and glitter though HAHA.
    Now to buy some shrink plastic…

  3. Theses are awsome! You are so creative!!! I’d like to make some for myself too.

  4. This is fantastic Angela !!
    Thanks for sharing, and I cannot imagine why it didn’t get picked up for publication? Go figure, I haven’t submitted anything in a long time. Just can’t figure out what the powers that be are looking for. I think you should resubmitt else where, seriously GREAT!!